GB Announce Preliminary 21-Man Squad for London 2012 April 10, 2012 19:06

British Basketball has announced it's 21-man preliminary squad, that will be fighting it out to secure a place in the final team for the London 2012 Olympics.

Winning a place on the initial team are three current NBA players, Byron Mullens of the Charlotte Bobcats, Ben Gordon of the Detroit Pistons and Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls.

On being selected into the 21-man squad, Gordon commented, "I am very excited to pull on the GB jersey this summer and play for my country. To be invited into camp is the first step in that journey and I am immensely proud to have the opportunity."

"I am totally committed to playing with the Standard Life GB team this year and look forward to being part of the squad hoping to make 2012 a year to remember for British Basketball fans."

GB's Head Coach, Chris Finch, will have to drop five players from the initial squad in early May, then cut the roster down to 12 at the start of July.

Coach Finch has said that, "The GB basketball programme has come a long way since 2006 and the blend we have now of experienced talent with the younger guys is fantastic to see. We have the potential for a world class team who will surprise a few people this summer. The commitment from all our players to the programme once again is great and it's also good to see our strength and depth continuing to increase year on year."  

The full preliminary squad for London 2012 is listed below:

ACHARA, KIERON

Scotland

Manresa, Spain

ADEGBOYE, OGO

England

APOEL, Cyprus

ARCHIBALD, ROBERT

Scotland

Zaragoza, Spain

BOATENG, ERIC

England

Peristeri, Greece

BRYAN-AMANING, MATTHEW

England

Hacettepe, Turkey

CLARK, DAN

England

Estudiantes, Spain

DENG, LUOL

England

ChicagoBulls, USA-NBA

FREELAND, JOEL

England

Unicaja, Spain

GORDON, BEN

England

DetroitPistons, USA-NBA

JOHNSON, KYLE

England

APOEL, Cyprus

LENZLY, MIKE

England

CEZ Nymburk, Czech Republic

LAWRENCE, ANDREW

England

College of Charleston, USA-College

MARCOTULLIO, ALEX

Scotland

Northwestern, USA-College

MENSAH-BONSU, POPS

England

Besiktas, Turkey

MULLENS, BYRON

England

Charlotte Bobcats, USA-NBA

PHILLIPS, SULLIVAN

England

Prievidza, Slovakia

REINKING, NATE

England

Sheffield

RICHARDS, RYAN

England

unattached

SOKO, OVIE

England

University of Alabama-BirminghamUSA-College

SULLIVAN, ANDREW

England

Leicester

VAN OOSTRUM, DEVON

England

Tarragona, Spain